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Re: Replay to Ken - "Unwilling" Art Teachers

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Melissa Enderle (Melissaenderle)
Tue, 7 Jan 97 23:05:44 -0000

Both Ken and Kathleen have some interesting and valid points.
One thing that Kathleen touched on was the fact that there is a lot of
art learning that goes on behind the scenes. Art, we must stress, is much
more than product. While the product is a valid component, it is not the
sole thing, nor should it be the the sole motivating factor or basis for

Ken, before you get down on your art teacher for not displaying
things, you might want to have a discussion with him/her. An art
display that properly showcases artwork requires a great deal of
preparation and effort. Have you given your art teacher the time
involved to do this? Is your school site "display friendly", with cork
strips,hooks, etc.?
You might want to reach a common understanding and agreement as to what
you want displayed. For example, I once had a principal who wanted me to
spend my art class time making cutsey holiday decorations which I then
was to hang up in the hall. I was more than willing to display what the
kids were learning about in art, but I did not feel that such precious
art time should be devoted strictly to the product-oriented decorations
(which were against the religions of some of my students).

Specialists and administrators need to communicate more effectively with
each other. Hectic schedules, traveling and even the curriculum itself
may set up barriers. Common understanding needs to be reached for the
artistic growth of our students.